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Poster: patkelley Date: May 22, 2007 9:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: "mix tapes"

Remember mix tapes? shit, remember mix CDs? what's your opinion on them for GD music? Do shows need to be complete so that songs are in context? Or is it OK to take favorite versions and mix them together? I think I'm OK with mixes, but I can totally see the other p.o.v. Thoughts?

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Poster: William Tell Date: May 22, 2007 12:57pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'mix tapes'

I used to do it regularly; now, less so. Still make a mix for folks that I am introducing to the band, for sure. Or just giving them a taste of 68 or 69.

For general listening of my own, I do use the shows, exclusively, though I rarely listen to entire shows, so in a way, that is mix via sampling approach, if you follow me...

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Poster: Telephone Toughguy Date: May 22, 2007 9:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'mix tapes'

If you cross the streams you will be demoted from Face Melter to Junior Space Cadet. Your Grok privelidges will be suspended. The lurkers will ignore harder and you will have to wear a yellow touchhead armband.

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: May 22, 2007 4:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'mix tapes'

LOL! That's the only funny thing I've ever heard you say

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Poster: BryanE Date: May 22, 2007 5:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'mix tapes'

Mix tapes/CD's rule. You put your favorite cuts in an order that appeals to you, and then every time you listen, you can pat yourself on the back for having such great taste as a producer.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: May 22, 2007 5:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'mix tapes'

agreed

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: May 22, 2007 5:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'mix tapes'

Europe '72, Steal Your Face, Skull F*ck et-al were all essentially mix tapes if you bought them on cassette or 8-track( Iremember a friend of mine had Skull F8ck on 8-track, howm annoying with the loud Click and pause as they changed tracks). So I woul say if it was good enough for the Grateful Dead, it should be good enough for us.

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Poster: skuzzlebutt Date: May 22, 2007 1:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'mix tapes'

I was weaned on full shows and carried that mindset for many years, but as I've gotten older I've grown to appreciate the value and potency of the well thought out mix (not the least of which is the sad fact that I rarely have the time to listen to a complete set anymore, much less a complete show). If a song or a jam is truly remarkable, then hearing it out of context with its original environment shouldn't lessen its power.

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Poster: BlueMtnMan Date: May 22, 2007 1:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'mix tapes'

I had a major road trip last week (14 hours one-way) and decided to burn an mp3 disc from selections downloaded from the Tapers section over at GD.net. I've been downloading faster than I could listen. Thought this would be a good way to get caught up. I made an effort to mostly not repeat the same songs and just ordered selections by date. Turned out to be 9 hours of bliss. Made even a long drive through the mid-west enjoyable. Going back to listen to complete shows seemed like a let down.

By the way, if you have not heard last week's "Let It Grow" from 5-14-78, do yourself a favor and take a listen. 17 minutes that will put a smile on your face that will be hard to erase.
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Poster: wineland Date: May 22, 2007 9:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'mix tapes'

I got into the Dead with a mix tape. So yes, I think they are good. A friend's mom took us to a show. Said we couldn't have lived a full life until we had been to a Dead show. When I got back I asked another friend to make me a tape with the best of his bootleg tapes. I played it over and over. He titled it Judd's Dead and the rest is history.

Recently I received a Pigpen compilation that I have been listening to quite a bit. I used it as a launch pad to get into new shows I haven't heard. Example: There is a spectacular Good Lovin' on 4.25.71 and then went out and got the full show off Speeding Arrow.

There's also a good mellow listening compilation I have. It has two volumes and I think it is called Cool Jams. I should dig it up and get it out to y'all.

In the end I like full shows best. But mixed tapes definitely have their place.

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Poster: mcglone Date: May 22, 2007 3:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'mix tapes'

"Or is it OK to take favorite versions and mix them together?" sure it is! you mix and match dates in a photo album right? the band let john oswald go to town on the holy grail itself, so why can't you? plunderphonic away!

This post was modified by mcglone on 2007-05-22 22:09:01